La Gazzetta dello Sport: The best XI youngsters in Serie A

The revered Italian football daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport, have set about the audacious task of putting together their best Serie A XI of youngsters, being players aged 23 or below. Adopting a 3-4-3 formation, this is the team they came up with: Goalkeeper: Gianluca Curci (Siena, 23). While Italy have a long history of […]

Villa leave it late to beat Hull

Hull 0 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, December 30, 2008) Martin O’Neill’s side claimed all three points when Ashley Young’s 88th minute cross was diverted into his own net by Kamil Zayatte, with Gabriel Agbonlahor waiting to pounce. At the death Hull were awarded a penalty by referee Steve Bennett for an alledged handball […]

Peru chase the ref as Extremadura claim a last-minute draw

Peru 2 – Extremadura 2 (Friendly, December 27, 2008) Peru took the lead through Junior Ross only for the Spaniards to draw level through Rai. Back came Peru as Pedro Garcia restored the hosts’ adavnatge. But the game ended in hugely controversial circumstances as the referee awarded the visitors a late penalty only to be […]

Berbatov shoots down Boro

Manchester United 1 – Middlesbrough 0 (Premier League, December 29, 2008) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) Wayne Rooney brought out a good save from Ross Turnbull in the opening exchanges. Rooney then teed up Cristiano Ronaldo at the back post but the number seven dragged his shot wide. (First half highlights here.) United dominated […]

When goalkeepers score: Adam Federici

“It was a good take. He had to get up off the floor quickly to finish, which is a skill he would have learnt in goalkeeping practice. I’ve seen him score for us before in a pre-season game at Bromley when he played outfield. He’s a good outfield player. All goalkeepers are frustrated centre-forwards anyway.” […]

Villa leave it late to beat Hull

Hull 0 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, December 30, 2008) Martin O’Neill’s side claimed all three points when Ashley Young’s 88th minute cross was diverted into his own net by Kamil Zayatte, with Gabriel Agbonlahor waiting to pounce. At the death Hull were awarded a penalty by referee Steve Bennett for an alledged handball […]

Luis Jimenez attacks Mauricio Pinilla in a Santiago nightclub

Steven Gerrard is not the only footballer to have been involved in a bar fight in the last few days. The main football story dominating the headlines in Chile has centered on a brawl that occurred in a Santiago night club between two international players, Luis Jimenez (Inter Milan) and Mauricio Pinilla (Vasco da Gama). […]

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Emanuel Pogatetz

“It seemed as though Pogatetz grabbed him around the neck. That happens in penalty boxes all the time. We’ve had referees coming to meet the players a couple of years ago and they said it would be stamped out with one warning and then a red card. But nothing ever happens.” – Sir Alex Ferguson. […]

Zaki, Ronaldinho, Henry, Kewell & the Premier League: The season so far

With under 48 hours left until we kiss 2008 goodbye, many are taking stock of the year that was and a variety of videos have been put together reminding us of how the season has so far panned out for some of football’s biggest names. 12 months ago Amr Zaki was unknown to most outside […]

Groningen’s boss Ron Jans swears at the ref

Groningen manager Ron Jans set a bad example on Sunday after being caught on camera giving referee Kevin Blom the middle finger salute after seeing his side lose 3-2 to Heerenveen at the weekend. Having seen his side pull back to 2-2, Groningen lost the match to a last-gasp header from Paulo Henrique which left […]

Sky News: Steven Gerrard is charged with assault and affray

As the facts start to emerge over the brawl at a Southport nightclub, the nightmare intensifies for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as he has now been charged with assault and affray. Gerrard was released by police late Monday night after having been arrested with five other men in an incident which left which a man […]

Berbatov shoots down Boro

Manchester United 1 – Middlesbrough 0 (Premier League, December 29, 2008) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) Wayne Rooney brought out a good save from Ross Turnbull in the opening exchanges. Rooney then teed up Cristiano Ronaldo at the back post but the number seven dragged his shot wide. (First half highlights here.) United dominated […]

The BBC & Sky report on Steven Gerrard’s arrest

By now we expect that most people have heard that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was arrested early Monday morning after a fight broke out in a bar in Southport. Gerrard is without doubt one of those footballers who you would never think would be associated with such headlines. The clean-cut Scouser has acted as a […]

Good Weekend, Bad Weekend

It was a bumper weekend in the Premier League where, for many of us, there was sympathy for the professional footballers who had to play 180 minutes of football in three days. Liverpool reaffirmed their title credentials, Everton threw their name into the hat for what is shaping up to be an intriguing battle for […]

Top 8 Goals of the Week

With most football leagues on their winter break during the holiday season the number of goals and gaffs we can bring you this week are less than our standard offering. With that being said, let’s begin with those unfortunate souls who were hoping we were too drunk or busy to spot their screw-ups. While it’s […]

Tubby Ronaldo admits he’s fat

This is a post to make everyone feel better for overeating over the Christmas weekend. Having been out of action for nearly 10 months, a tubby Ronaldo completed his first day of ball-training at new club Corinthians, with the super-sized striker hoping to return to action early in the New Year. The pictures failed to […]

Peter Reid’s Thailand lose the Sukuzi Cup to Vietnam

Vietnam 1 – Thailand 1 (Agg. 3-2) (East Asian Championship, December 28, 2008) Peter Reid’s Thailand levelled the aggregate score when Teerasil Dangda scored a 21st minute header. But with the match looking destined for extra-time, Cong Vinh met Phuong’s free-kick with a header that looped over the keeper to claim the Sukuzi Cup in […]

AZ stay on top of the Eredivisie with Ajax chasing them down

Ajax 3 – Ado Den Haag 0 (Eredivisie, December 28, 2008) A defense-splitting ball from Luis Suarez played in Dario Cvitanich for the opener. Cvitanich got across the near post to turn home the second and Cvitanich celebrated a hat-trick with a third in the second half. (First two goals here.) Groningen 2 – Heerenveen […]

City snatch an unlikely point at Rovers; Dempsey’s double holds Chelsea; Liverpool batter the Toon; Arsenal scrap past Pompey; Baggies claim vital win over Spurs

Blackburn 2 – Manchester City 2 (Premier League, December 28, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Rovers took the lead on the stroke of halftime, the visitors lost the ball in midfield, the ball broke to Emerton who played the ball into Roberts, and his turn was collected and finished by Benni McCarthy. Sam Allardyce’s side looked like […]

Fuller vs Griffin: When teammates attack

Rarely is anything original in football. Yesterday, during Stoke’s defeat at West Ham, one of the most bizarre incidents of the season unfolded as Ricardo Fuller slapped his teammate and club captain Andy Griffin after seeing his side concede an equaliser. With Griffin clearly at fault for the goal scored by Carlton Cole, Fuller was […]

Al Masry fire the Hassan twins

Egyptian club Al Masry have fired coach Hossam Hassan (pictured) and football director Ibrahim Hassan, following ugly scenes in Friday’s North African Cup Winners Cup semi-final in Algeria against JSM Bejaia. Hossam Hassan, a legendary former player for the Egyptian national team, was sent off during the game for protesting against the referee. Hassan’s brother, […]

Danny Allsopp flattens Sydney FC manager John Kosmina

The holiday season in Australia witnessed an amazing match between the Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, with the home side turning around a 2-nil deficit incurred within the opening 240 seconds to win 3-2. And the defeat hit Sydney FC manager John Kosmina hard. Literally. After six minutes of play and having seen his side […]

City snatch an unlikely point at Rovers; Dempsey’s double holds Chelsea; Liverpool batter the Toon; Arsenal scrap past Pompey; Baggies claim vital win over Spurs

Blackburn 2 – Manchester City 2 (Premier League, December 28, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Rovers took the lead on the stroke of halftime, the visitors lost the ball in midfield, the ball broke to Emerton who played the ball into Roberts, and his turn was collected and finished by Benni McCarthy. Sam Allardyce’s side looked like […]

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